Megan Bach, North Carroll, basketball

Q&A --

January 14, 2007|By BILL FREE

The North Carroll girls basketball team is 5-4 behind the superb all-around play of junior guard Megan Bach. The five wins surpass last year's total of four. Bach, 5 feet 7, is averaging 11.5 points, six rebounds and two assists per game. Megan's younger sister Caitlina, a 5-11 freshman, also has become a force as a post player averaging a team-leading 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.

How do you deal with a 5-11 freshman sister who is already a star?

It's great. It provides me with some support inside, which I'm not used to having. We've always played together since we were little. I have an outside game and she has an inside game. We work together really well ... most of the time.

Are you a little envious of Caitlin's success?

Of course everyone would like to be the superstar and score the points, but I can't complain. We have a winning record and that's something we definitely didn't have last year. So whatever I can do, whether it's 10 assists or 10 points, however the team wins, I'm happy with whoever scores. I just want to win.

How do you feel to be considered by coach John Brown as the one who makes this team go with a lot of the right decisions you make on the court?

It makes me feel really good that he thinks that, and I don't want to let him down. I want to be a leader on the court and off. I want the other players to see me giving 100 percent all the time. I want to do my best all the time.

How much better can this young team - which also starts two sophomores - get?

Over time we're going to learn to play together, learn each other's strengths. I think we're already beginning to learn that. We're going to continue to go uphill. Just because we've won five to pass last year, we don't want to stop now.

What's the team's goal this year?

The biggest goal is to make it to states. Now, whether that's going be this year or not, I don't know. We play every game to win and every game's a challenge. Every game's winnable. We played Thomas Johnson and they have some great players. We were down by 12 most of the game and lost, but next time we'll play even better.

What part of your game do you most want to improve?

My outside shot has continued to improve; now I'm working on scoring off drives to the basket and other inside moves.

What's your ultimate personal goal in basketball?

I want to play in college. I'm in it to win, but I'm also in it to make myself a better player so I can reach the next level.

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